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October 16, 2018:
PACO General Membership Meeting

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PACO General Membership Meeting – Tuesday, October 16, 2018

PACO’s October General Membership meeting is set for next Tuesday, October 16th at the CBA offices, from 12:00 noon until 1:00 p.m. Please register by tomorrow, October 12th, if you haven’t done so already, so that we can finalize preparations regarding the livestreaming as well as lunches.

This meeting’s topic will be a presentation and discussion regarding the concept of LEAN principles, a methodology for maximizing work efficiencies and how it applies to the legal office. Our guest speaker will be Julie Swan, Legal Services Manager at American Family Insurance, and former paralegal. Kemmily Kwok, PACO's Assistant Vice-President, will share some insights as well. This will be a very informative presentation providing practical LEAN applications and how to improve work processes, and your attendance will also earn you 1 hour of CLE credit from the NFPA!

Lunch will be provided for the first 15 PACO members who arrive at the CBA’s offices. Anderson Reporting will provide its livestreaming service for those who cannot attend in person. Whether you attend in person or wish to participate remotely, click here to register online.

Did You See It?

On Tuesday of this week, you should have received an e-mail from the Columbus Bar Association containing its Fall 2018 Lawyers Quarterly magazine. You receive this publication as an Associate Member of the CBA by virtue of your membership in PACO. The articles in the magazine aren’t just for attorneys – they’re for paralegals, too. And one of the articles was written by PACO member Angela Vohsing – turn to page 56 and check it out!

PACO Social Event: Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018

If you haven’t yet registered, please be sure to access the link below and plan to attend our 2nd annual PACO Boo Halloween Mixer on Tuesday, October 23, 2018, at 5:30 p.m.! The fun will happen at Ten Pin Alley in Hilliard. Come hungry and ready to play! The evening includes pizza, 2 games of bowling, and members can try their hand at the bocce court as well – at no cost to you! This is another opportunity for you to network and have fun with your fellow PACO members.

Please click here to register.

Information about Ten Pin Alley can be found at: https://www.tenpinalley.com/. If you have questions, please send an e-mail to: asstvicepres@pacoparalegals.org.

Mentors Needed!

Calling all PACO senior paralegals…if you are interested in an opportunity to give back to the community consider becoming a PACO Mentor by sharing your wealth of wisdom and insight you have gained over the years with mentees. PACO’s Mentoring Program is for senior paralegals to guide, lead and coach paralegal students and junior paralegals down a path to success. A mentor does more than give advice and brainstorm with mentees, they act as a confidant and provide guidance by forming a trusting friendship in a mentor-mentee relationship.

If you are interested in becoming a PACO Mentor in providing your insight and wisdom with mentees, click here to fill out the Mentor Application and submit it to mentor@pacoparalegals.org. If you have any questions regarding the above, please send an email to Rebecca M. Lewis at mentor@pacoparalegals.org.

Pro Bono Celebration:
Thursday, October 25, 2018

You are aware that PACO is very involved in pro bono efforts across the Central Ohio area, highlighted by our PACO / LASC Pro Bono Wills Clinics. The Legal Aid Society of Columbus (LASC), Columbus Bar Association (CBA), and Columbus Bar Foundation (CBF) are thrilled to announce this year's Pro Bono Awards recipients. Awards will be presented at the 2018 Pro Bono Reception during the ABA National Pro Bono Celebration Week at the Columbus Bar Association on Thursday, October 25th at 5pm.

  • Outstanding Pro Bono Service by an Individual – William Pohlman
  • Award for Outstanding Service by a Law Firm or Corporation – Kegler Brown Hill + Ritter
  • Outstanding Clinic Service - Kathleen Lawrence (L Brands)
  • “In the Trenches” Award – Martin ("Sam") Krauss
  • New Attorney Pro Bono Service Award – Zach Eddy (Bricker & Eckler)
  • Pro Bono Support – Angela Writesel (Nationwide)
This year’s Pro Bono Support award is being presented to Angela Writesel, who volunteers frequently at our PACO / LASC Pro Bono Wills Clinics. In fact, since 2013, Angela has helped staff our corps of volunteers an amazing 44 times!!!

RSVP's are encouraged, but there is no need to print the Eventbrite "ticket." You are welcome to attend! Click here to register.


The NFPA Annual Convention is just three weeks away! PACO’s NFPA Primary Representative, Brittany Hays, and PACO’s NFPA Secondary Representative, Callie Kessler, will be attending on behalf of our association and you – its members! If you have questions or topics that you would like to have discussed at the Convention, please contact Brittany (nfpa@pacoparalegals.org) or Callie (CKessler@reminger.com). The Convention is being hosted this year by the Washington State Paralegal Association. Be sure to log onto NFPA’s web site (https://www.paralegals.org) for additional information. Take advantage of the benefits of your PACO membership with the National Federation of Paralegal Associations!

Public Relations (PR) Committee

Your Public Relations Committee is hard at work planning Paralegal Day 2019! They are currently researching venues, menus, and themes. It is not too late to join the committee! All volunteers and ideas are welcome. Please contact Public Relations Representative and Chair, Mindi Schaefer, at 614-737-2914 or mschaefer@poling-law.com anytime.

PACO Job Bank

Don’t forget to check out our Job Bank to view a current list of employment opportunities! There have been a few just in the last week! For information about posting a new opportunity with us, please visit http://www.pacoparalegals.org/job_bank.html or contact Cassandra Struble at jobbank@pacoparalegals.org.

Please contact any of our Board members if you have any questions or concerns:

Teresa Scharf – President (president@pacoparalegals.org)
Lynn Cory – Vice-President (vp@pacoparalegals.org)
Kemmily Kwok – Assistant Vice-President asstvicepres@pacoparalegals.org)
Connie French – Treasurer (treasurer@pacoparalegals.org)
Garth Rowbotham – Secretary (secretary@pacoparalegals.org)

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